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Old 01-23-2015, 08:40 PM   #271
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Old 01-24-2015, 07:12 AM   #272
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Old 01-24-2015, 07:28 AM   #273
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While waiting with a few others getting propane bottles filled, another RV owner told a story about being alongside of the interstate when he heard a loud, unusual sound. A large class A motorhome went racing by and the toad had its front wheels turned and locked and on the ground.
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Old 01-24-2015, 07:36 AM   #274
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While waiting with a few others getting propane bottles filled, another RV owner told a story about being alongside of the interstate when he heard a loud, unusual sound. A large class A motorhome went racing by and the toad had its front wheels turned and locked and on the ground.
I did that in 1982 with my jeep. It's easy to do...I pulled out of my driveway and the wheels on the jeep flopped sideways. I noticed immediately and stopped. You have to be careful on sharp turns.
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Old 01-24-2015, 08:27 AM   #275
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A few years back, thru my own negligence, I dropped my fifth wheel on the bed. UGH! Bad day.

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I'v seen this a lot. Hurts bad. When I use a fiver I always put truck in foward and reverse making sure hooked up before fully retracting landing gear.
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Old 01-24-2015, 09:07 AM   #277
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Trade-In

My BIGGEST bonehead moment (won't get into all the little ones - time doesn't permit) was I decided on an upgraded TT. Looked at it several times and got to know the dealer well. The decision was made, the date was set and I had to take the TT to the dealer to do the "deal".
Now, I have an Equal-I-zer hitch and use the electric tongue jack to raise the back of my truck to install the torsion bars (I think you know where this is going). I all the excitement and didn't do my usual walk around and forgot to retract my tongue jack and bent the heck out of it - so much it wouldn't retract anymore. Now, of course, it was scraping. So, with the use of a bottle jack, blocks of wood and jack stands it was bent to at least a 75 degree angle so I wouldn't drag.
The dealer just laughed about it and didn't deduct any from the estimate he said he was going to give, in fact I was able to haggle a little more on the trade-in side.
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When I was driving trucks I'd always lock the trailer brakes and try moving forward to make sure the 5th wheel was locked. It's especially important if you're hauling doubles or triples.
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I was doing a facor for a friend and was picking up his fifth wheel from a storage lot and delivering it to a dealer for service. I had not towed his trailer before. I hooked it up and headed down the road. I thought boy this trailer his heavy. Went a couple of blocks and stopped got out and looked at the trailer and truck and didn't see any problems. So I get back in the truck and take off. About a quarter mile down the road I see smoke at the wheels. Come to find out his safety brake cable was short and hooked on my hitch and tripped the electric brakes. Tires and brakes were smoking.
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I was doing a facor for a friend and was picking up his fifth wheel from a storage lot and delivering it to a dealer for service. I had not towed his trailer before. I hooked it up and headed down the road. I thought boy this trailer his heavy. Went a couple of blocks and stopped got out and looked at the trailer and truck and didn't see any problems. So I get back in the truck and take off. About a quarter mile down the road I see smoke at the wheels. Come to find out his safety brake cable was short and hooked on my hitch and tripped the electric brakes. Tires and brakes were smoking.
Not really a bonehead (at least I don't think so) triggered by the above:

I was delivering a 5w and needed to make a very sharp right turn into a gas station driveway from a rather busy road. The truck was in the parking lot and the trailer was still blocking one lane of the road when the rig suddenly just STOPPED MOVING!

The truck & transmission seemed fine, the engine strained but the rig would not move! Traffic started backing up in the road and a 'friendly', 'helpful' police officer stopped and said I couldn't park there! He's telling me all this and that I had to move the truck and trailer while I'm busy trying to figure what's wrong? (Did mention how helpful he was? )

Like skijlw, the cable caught on something on the sharp turn, tripped the breakaway switch, and set the trailer brakes. No smoke, but lots of folks, and a police officer, were not happy for a few minutes.
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